I was in my local art shop buying paper to put inside my books and I was interested to noticed that Hahnemuhle are making sketch pads in a 30 x 30 cm. format as well as the usual A4, A3 etc. It makes sense as I noticed the popularity of square canvases when I worked in an art gallery last year (Pierrepoint Gallery – check out their web site! Mail order available!) There were also pads of paper in a long 30 x 60(?) cm format which were very intriguing. This, my first square book was a natural development from the square sketch pad, the long, thin pad has set me thinking what other shapes I could easily produce.
These papers were part of my Paper Mojo shipment. They are designed by Deborah Glanz who has a web site called Reminiscence Papers which sells not only her beautifully original designed paper but also other paper projects such as origami bowl and box kits and accordion books. She sells to retailers all over the US and Canada by the looks of things – lucky you! It seems that she used to run workshops too but there are only dates up to 2005 so she may have stopped.
Further to my quest to find UK suppliers of gorgeous paper, I was reminded about Paperchase. I have visited their stores in the Borders bookshop in Bournemouth and their kiosk at Waterloo station and have bought some fun paper but I had forgotten that their main branch on Tottenham Court Road in London is enormous and has a wide range of paper on the first floor. I am itching to check it out. Not that I need paper at the moment, I have a vast supply to turn into (hopefully) delectable books. I do however need to visit Falkiners again to buy some more leather and if I happen to be tempted by more paper, well, who am I to resist?